Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Veterans’ Homes to hold Open Houses
  • “Adopt a Highway” and “Sponsor a Highway” help Keep Roadsides Clean
  • Tips to Prevent Vacation Time Burglaries
  • Boating Basics for New Boat Owners
  • In Case You Missed It: School Property Tax Elimination Update
  • Mark Your Calendars: July 15 Senior Expo
  • Around the 40th District

Veterans’ Homes to hold Open Houses

Four of Pennsylvania’s six veterans’ homes have upcoming open houses, when qualified veterans and spouses can explore the personal and skilled care available.

Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home – June 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center – June 12, 1-4 p.m.
Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home – June 12, 1-4 p.m.
Southeastern Veterans’ Center – June 13, 6-8 p.m.

Veterans’ homes offer on-site medical and pharmacy services, physical and occupational therapy, and 24-hour nursing care, as well as year-round recreational activities. 

“Adopt a Highway” and “Sponsor a Highway” help Keep Roadsides Clean

Pennsylvania has 150,000 acres of state-maintained roadside. There are two ways you can help keep them beautiful.

“Adopt a Highway” relies on the beautification efforts of volunteers and civic groups. With “Sponsor a Highway,” businesses pay contractors for mowing, cleanup, etc. and are recognized by signs along the roadway. Find out more here.

Tips to Prevent Vacation Time Burglaries

There are easy ways to make your home less vulnerable to burglars during vacation.

Making the home look “lived in” by stopping mail delivery and putting lights on timers helps. Installing dead bolt locks on doors can slow a burglar’s ability to enter your home, and in some cases can lead to a discount on insurance.

Check out more “Vacation Home Protection” tips here.

Boating Basics for New Boat Owners

Pennsylvania has 85,000 miles of rivers and streams along with 76 natural and 2,300 constructed lakes for boating.

Find everything you need to know about boating, including registration, safety, locations, boat types, equipment, accessories and more here.

In Case You Missed It: School Property Tax Elimination Update

I recently provided a thorough update on the number one issue in our region: school property tax elimination. You can read it here.

Mark Your Calendars: July 15 Senior Expo

Around the 40th District 

For me, and I’m sure much of our community, this week has been one of solemn reflection over the ultimate sacrifice paid by many men and women of our Armed Forces in defense of our freedoms. I had the opportunity to stop by and visit with James and Bridget Kenna of Portland. James is a retired Air Force veteran and Bridget is Vice Chair of Portland Borough Council. Together they built a beautiful monument honoring the five branches of our military at their home. What a beautiful tribute to our servicemen and women. God bless you both!

This week I had the opportunity to meet with members of Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs at Regina Farms in East Stroudsburg where we discussed a number of topics including the state budget, transportation and issues affecting small business. If you have an interest in getting involved in your local community, I would encourage you to consider Rotary. They are a long-standing service organization and engage in a number of local and global humanitarian initiatives – including providing clean water, battling hunger and fighting disease. Depending on one’s availability, the Stroudsburg Rotary meets Thursdays at noon (at Sycamore Grille) and 6:15 PM (Peppe’s Bistro). To get involved, I would encourage you to visit or email

Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout, Hunterdon Watts, of Troop 86 in Stroudsburg. I commend his family, troop leaders and fellow Scouts for supporting him as he ascended the Trail to Eagle. For his Eagle service project, Hunterdon restored and beautified the Middle Smithfield Evangelical Presbyterian Church cemetery. Under his leadership, fellow Scouts assisted in straightening and reinforcing leaning/sunken gravestones, removing debris and painting the church tool shed. Thank you for your service to our community and your example to fellow Scouts.

What a wonderful morning last Friday surrounded by friends as we celebrated the official grand opening of our Scotrun district office! The weather and company could not have been more perfect. On behalf of the whole Scavello team, thank you to all who came out to celebrate! We look forward to continuing to serve the community in the years ahead. And a special thank you to the Pocono Chamber of Commerce for helping coordinate the event!

Congratulations to the three student finalists of my annual “There Ought to be a Law” contest. Sixth grade students Faith Riviello, Lillian Mazza and Elizabeth Higgins of Swiftwater Intermediate School all submitted essays proposing their ideas for legislation to address various community needs. They each received a recognition certificate and $50 scholarship for their entries. Both Faith and Lillian presented ideas for increasing recycling and Elizabeth proposed changes to school uniform polices for children who cannot afford them. Thank you for your well thought out ideas – your submissions were impressive!

There were many outstanding entries in the contest and, while not everyone can be recognized, I am confident we have many future leaders in our area students.


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